A Walkerton man was critically injured Sunday after attempting to launch a starburst grenade from a rifle in Marshall County, officials said.
Kevin Patterson, 41, was on a private shooting range in the 3000 block of Plymouth-LaPorte Trail at 12:30 p.m. when the grenade went off while it was still under the rifle barrel, according to a news release from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
DNR Cpl. Ken Dowdle said the grenade Patterson was using produces similar effects of a firework. The grenade is supposed to launch from a tube under the rifle barrel and detonate in the air.
Patterson was airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis with serious arm injuries, Dowdle said.
Patterson did not violate any state laws, Dowdle, said. The case will be reviewed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.